Long-Awaited Asian Smokehouse Loro Opens Its Doors in Dallas Next Month

The long-awaited Dallas outpost of Loro, the smoky collaboration between Austin culinary titans Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin, will officially arrive in Dallas next month.

Loro is set to open its doors at 1812 Haskell Avenue on Monday, July 5, according to a press release. The restaurant is an offshoot of the Austin original that opened its doors in 2018, a collaboration between Cole, the James Beard Award winner behind sushi restaurant Uchi, and much-lauded pitmaster Aaron Franklin, of Franklin Barbecue. A third outpost of Loro is currently in the works for Houston.

At the Dallas location, chef de cuisine Mike Perez will lead the kitchen at the Asian smokehouse. Perez comes to Dallas with a solid culinary background, ranging from time at Tabla Bistro in Portland to Charleston’s Trattoria Lucca. He also worked at the Loro outpost in Austin before heading to Dallas, where he’ll serve up dishes like coconut-scented rice that’s studded with chopped brisket and fried peanuts, a French onion brisket melt, and fish & chips served with salt and vinegar beet chips.

Elsewhere on the menu, look forward to sesame rice noodles with chili vinaigrette, chicken karaage, and smoked prime bavette served with shishito salsa verde and pickled onion. Franklin’s legendary beef brisket will also, of course, be on the menu, served with chili gastrique and Thai herbs. Sandwiches and rice bowls round out the menu, along with a selection of boozy slushies and batched cocktails like Thai watermelon punch and frozen gin and tonics.

When it arrives next month, Loro will operate Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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